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intelligence agencies investigated these internal angela merkel was claiming that it's going to be russian hacking in the run up to the german elections last year that turned out to be false the german the n.d.p. investigates it and found no evidence whatsoever there's been no evidence whatsoever in what was alleged to be involvement in the threats it vote in two thousand and sixteen what has been established certainly is that a british company cambridge analysts were certainly trying to manipulate the results in america and certainly try to manipulate the results and breaks it so you know to say it's only russia that tries to meddle tries to to manipulate election results is naive at best all our countries do it. pleasure is always to speak to many thanks for your opinions or my five intelligence officer form of intelligence officer. for six years the work you've been stuck in the ecuadorian embassy in london over fears that you'll be extradited to the u.s. if you leave the building some u.s. politicians have even called for him to be assassinated is
illegal does he say any the millions of those who are little wiki leaks walks like a hostile intelligence sort of like a hostile takeover. there are concerned social media platforms of policing what's acceptable to say and think of thing numerous accounts belonging to libertarian and conservative figures were banned over alleged hate speech. it takes a look at what's now considered a violation of tech giant policies. what matters are all of the stories we hear from all of you about the impact your connections have had on your lives you can
choose from an infinite range of topics that interest you and then easily follow that topic in the news countries and cultures that got together like yesterday. that was the online world as we used to know it all fluids to any of those pesky folks trying to set limits in two thousand and eighteen you'll be told to hold up if twitter decides there are sparts of your world that shouldn't be discovered what if you're keen to know what someone has to say let it be former u.s. diplomat peter van buren you might as well unfollowing your interests the man's profile is shut down for good because he jokingly wish someone had eaten the face of his opponent in a twitter rant honestly that's by far not the most offensive thing you can find online but what's abusive about showing mr van buren some support to users who did so god bans to it's not about me it's not about the group of us who are band
together i think it's a bigger issue and it's an issue that's that's raised his head this week people like us who are not part of the legacy media we're not new york times shapers of opinion we're also allowed to have our say so if someone from the new york times or the washington post put something up that we know is false we can refute it almost in real time that's very threatening i think for the powers that be this tendency to want to shut people down if they disagree with you is very dangerous it's going down a very slippery slippery slope toward totalitarianism there's a word for that see and ask. well someone saw it coming when even perhaps the most controversial online talking had alex jones was told get out of here by all major platforms after all they all have to stick to their own rules. keep people safe from hate speech but then even those anti-left who come to hate
jones went on alert could be because they thought someone would click on their profiles and see a hold up pop up alex jones a bad guy but the problem is that once you start saying that hate speech is a rationale for banning people from social media you get in some very very big territory. i'm no fan of jones some other things he has a habit of repeatedly slandering my dad by falsely and absurdly accusing him of killing j.f.k. but who the hell made facebook the arbiter of political speech free speech includes views you disagree with but there's no turning back when it comes to the online censorship evolution so i'm not sure it works like that anymore mr cruz plus people on the left are ecstatic bring it on is there a call and if it is even a crucial step forward in the fight against fake news and fringe extremism. info was is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies the uses sites like facebook can use you to tear
a nation the pots these companies must do more than take down one website the survival of our democracy depends on it the world is getting older and a bit more author a tarion only lately a top u.s. intelligence committee democrat has come up with twenty legislative proposals for keeping online platforms under a close watch brace yourself as you might soon have to say goodbye to things like anonymous posts or accounts that can't be tracked down yep that covers just two of the twenty. made all the accusations twitter is silencing debate it was actually one of the few platforms not to. report just mentioned was done by a whole host of social media giants this is led to twitter though being criticized for being too tolerant in response to it to see tweeted jones hadn't violated any of the platforms rules but when you're coming your way after the short break.
this is what. three of the more people. interested in the logs. should. just international is urging the u.s. led coalition in syria to launch an investigation into civilian deaths from its airstrikes on iraq are the pentagon recently acknowledged seventy seven civilians were killed in its offensive but the rights group warns that this is nowhere near enough this is only the tip of the iceberg are detailed field investigations coverages for cases but the many survivors and witnesses we spoke to
on the ground pointed to civilian death toll in the high hundreds throughout our air and ground campaigns we've used deliberate targeting and strike processes to minimize the impact of operations on civilian populations and infrastructure we hold ourselves accountable through regularly published straight press releases and civilian casualty reports. to speak now to even the spokesperson for the international committee of the red cross in syria nice to have you on eva is your organization operating in iraq car at the moment and if so what can you tell us about the situation on the ground there. good evening from damascus thank you very much for having me. so yes international committee of the red cross together with our partners from the syrian arab red crescent. we have been to record city and to record government erected for a couple of towns and to understand the situation at to see how we can on
a support the civilian population there who obviously has been severely affected on the last months or years of our conflict and crisis. now what is important to say is that the situation on the ground especially like a city is a very complex situation of people who were displaced not coming back to change that in day. one of the biggest risk of death in contamination meaning like mines and booby traps and people do want to return to their houses obviously and this is a big danger and we can speak about twenty cases of incidents in the goth girl and they've been caught in the nation that is one of our biggest concerns. in terms of the regime washington has admitted to seventy seven of those in iraq are committed by the coalition how would you estimate the number do you think that's an accurate figure seventy seven. so the international committee of the red
cross to be cannot give you any concrete numbers on the. this in this regard. what we do have is we have a bilateral confidential but i am not we have to start a conflict where we of course raise the issue of civilian vents and we can just emphasis on our message that of course millions must never be target such as civilian infrastructure and the syrian crisis enters in its eight year and obviously civilians all around the country including a black eye having you have paid a high price for this. but in regard to numbers who would also focus leg on the need to ellen honestly see how we can and support people who want to return and of course have our eye with iraq of the amnesty international been calling for the coalition to launch an investigation is there any way to make the coalition
actually launch an independent investigation. that's an interesting question so our of course as said before our working with modalities are different then and it's international and we cannot there and we do not require i do not comment on our other organizations reports or kindness in that sense because we do have our own iraq which is complementary with the parties to the conflict or ever of course if civilians. have become victims in concrete take despair is serious it's our major concern is our mandate and there of course we look into this and tracing their. party is now also not a problem in a. couple of the mass graves there has been a founder with the last weeks one was just discovered and actually that the red cross they can be visiting two or three weeks ago during our meetings just another
mass grave. eleven where their bodies was was these comments this is a major issue at the problem is to identify the people in these mass graves are very challenging at the moment we have limited opportunities and to do so. and. quick to sort of to the problem of of her missing people because many relatives they want an answer whether they are like a brother in syria their relatives and ok many many thanks eve appreciate you coming on giving as your take on proceedings even political i guess she spokesperson for the international committee of the red cross in syria. give. a ton of the second in a series of reports on the fate of russian families who moved to syria to join islamic state r.t.s. reporter medina collection of a travel to southern russia to speak to a woman who was sentenced to eight years in prison on terrorism charges that's after she followed her husband to syria.
the clock is ticking on zagat uts current life sentenced to eight years behind bars for being part of an illegal armed group she won't actually go to jail until her youngest child turns fourteen and she's only one right now less than twelve months ago her life was old very different i was twenty nine when i left i went to turkey first with my husband i never thought i would end up there. within seven months as a good that was living in syria and pregnant with her third child she said as her husband had been drawn to islam and a better life. he told me it was safe to go there he said it wasn't how it was being shown that was no bombing he said no war but the reality turned out to be fall morris' than anything on t.v. they lived for two years in the city of top cow which at the times was under eisel
control than they moved to rocca and she spent every day living in feet. even my girl knew she was only eight years old but she could tell the difference what was coming and american her kids explain a fighter jet drone she could tell by the sound of it. where they hiding yes well they either went downstairs or just simply stayed at home i took them out into the hole and we laid on the floor so that any shrapnel wouldn't hit us zagat had struggles to share her story she tries to stay emotionally distant from the past speaks quietly rarely looking into the camera she says she wanted to return home right from the start i told my husband that i want to go back but i couldn't live but the moment i started talking about it we had fights he told me if you want to leave leave but i will not let you take the kids away. i knew he was able to do
that he had that sort of character and i was afraid later on when they were living and rock her husband was killed in a drone strike leaving zacky dad all alone with three children i started looking for ways to get out but it's not that easy you can't just leave that place it all has to be done in secret there are people that can sell you out trick i only talk to those who i knew well and one day i was told that there was this wrote that there was a way out. that claims she had no way dia the life she was leading would leave her on the wrong side of russia's anti terror laws. i stayed at home all the time i had my children i had no time for anything else i was at home taking care of my kids. she was one of the seven women and fourteen children brought back to russia in the autumn twenty seventeen as part of a companion organized by chechen officials to repaginate the families of men who
went to fight with islam it terrorists. i am very grateful to everyone who helped launch this campaign to save many women and children. but while they were lucky to escape from the war in syria appoint a rival in grozny she was detained by police three months later she was convicted and sentenced for being part of an illegal armed group. and while the law she broke is designed to help thwarted terror attacks some people argue that family members of radicalized individuals should not be targeted. these people need rehabilitation they need to be close to their family members under the care of their mothers they're under huge dress and prison will not help them it will only meet the more harsh i believe it's wrong to put them behind bars for now that good at leaves with her mother in dagestan she has to report. to the police
every month and can't leave the region it's difficult for both her and her brother to find work as they're on the official police list it means they will have to get by on their mother a small salary as a post office worker despite all this they could add sas she is just happy to see her children safe little girl i was literally suffering that because i was unable to provide food for my children he told me constantly mom we are hungry they were colliding. and now he says a let's go to the merry go round would let's go to the seaside now we go after where i don't now we go everywhere. is hard and so my lovely who say fuck. it was you. dagestan. or use it often us either.
this is boom bust broadcasting around the world from right here in washington d.c. thanks for being on board i'm bart shelton coming up today the u.s. each person of justice is appealing the eighty and time warner merger with we talk with professor a lecturer at american university margot suster and steve walz about what it may mean plus the european union is taking on air b.n. b. the online lodging marketplace over inaccurate pricing is many e.u. member states are also pushing for a digital tax artie's peter oliver reports from berlin on the latest developments and alcoa the large u.s. aluminum company or al of many a company is seeking a waiver for canadian aluminum to come into the country tariff free parties alex pilotage get the latest from kalonzo on the waiver and how the company is coping
with the new rules of reality of doing business across the u.s. to navy in order plus we spoke last time about the difficulty in the electric vehicle space well today we asked which companies may actually profit in the rough and tumble emerging global market place argues actually banks take a look at potential winners were packed as usual so let's get right to it with a few have. a brewing diplomatic dispute between canada and saudi arabia over women's rights has quickly escalated in recent days and investors are starting to wonder if trade and investment will be impacted on monday the kingdom of saudi arabia recalled their ambassador from canada officially expelled canada's a bass are sending him back to ottawa saudi education officials say they will cancel scholarships and job training for about seven thousand students from saudi arabia who are currently studying in canada the absolute monarchy took the. actions after taking offense at a statement from the canadian embassy in riyadh that called for the immediate
release of at least eighteen women's rights activists who have been jailed since the apparent crackdown started in may this echoed earlier statements by canadian officials including a personal tweet by the canadian foreign minister chrystia freeland that a saudi monarchy denounced acadian statement as quote an overt and blatant interference in saudi internal affairs miss freeland addressed the spat before the media in vancouver are values based foreign policy our support for human rights and for women's rights is an essential part of who we are when we speak for canada in the world. when it comes to the broader relationship with saudi arabia our diplomats have. procedural questions today and we're waiting for answers on how the saudi arabia intends to go forward with their relationship. and today the front line of u.s.
labor movements fight for survival in the midwestern state of missouri continues labor leaders there are working to defeat the missouri legislators attempt to make missouri the nation's twenty ninth so-called right to work state three hundred seven three hundred ten thousand petitions were submitted last year to put the law to the electorate on a referendum being voted upon today laws of this kind effect only impose anti-union policies across the state the congressional research service here in washington found in two thousand and twelve that states with right to work laws typically have lower wages than states with pro labor laws will have more on the outcome of the referendum on our broadcast next time. and if you are a regular boom buster you know we cover the media merger madness all. the time and we have to pay particular attention to the time warner merger and the landmark
court case surrounding it well as we've reported the u.s. department of justice supported themselves the option of appealing a decision back on july twelfth and now they have formally appealed judge richard leon's decision to allow the merger to go forward the d.o.j. which was spelled it out there brief it in a brief yesterday said quote fundamental principles of economics and common sense of been disregarded for more on this we're joined once again by professor story a lecturer at american university and servant of t.v. and radio commentator steve moore thanks for both you for joining us margo to you first d.o.j. was pretty basic and blunt in their criticism of judge leon decision but i suppose they had to be right and what are the key points that they raised as their disagreement in this filing one of the key points that they made was an assessment of judge leon failing to understand how corporations work in their divisions to maximize profits saying he had a basic misunderstanding of economic theory i mean it was
a blunt criticism that appeared to attack leon as much as it was going after the time warner merger and i also think it's important to note from this document that was filed yesterday that they did know this has the potential to shape the media landscape for years to come and i think that they were urging caution in allowing this to move forward saying we need to really need to understand how this has the opportunity to shape streaming to shape television broadcast cable as well as mobile advertising for a long time to come well it's really important and we appreciate you helping us along the way on this thing because it is so critical and steve what's eighty and t.'s reaction to they just sort of trying to write it off as a frivolous what do they say. well the attorney said that they were surprised in the first place that the appeal was made they said an appeal is not a do over by any means and that this this case was decided on the law and it was
thorough they also took note of the filing yesterday by the government and said nothing in that brief changes anything anything whatsoever they also pointed to the fact that this is the first time the government has challenged a vertical merger in over four decades so that this was a rarity to begin with the decision was thoroughly based on the law and now even after losing the go and back at it so he expressed the attorney expressed surprise and margot i mean do you think that'll be the case or is that merely trying to sort of slough it off as not being serious i mean d.o.j. has you know tried to make these particular points will slash time warner have to come back with a little bit more firepower than just saying ditto and what we said before i have to think he is guilty of a little hubris here just a few weeks after judge leon's opinion in that case the. direct t.v.
now streaming service road raised its prices for consumers and this was after arguing a trial that a merger between eight hundred time warner wouldn't raise any prices so i have to say there's a part of me that thought gosh there are already hitting consumers in their pocketbooks here so i have to wonder how time warner is going to. is going to move forward with this i would agree that they seem to think this is a non issue for them and that they will win on appeal but i have to think in boardrooms right now somebody is trying to decide how they are going to go forward in file their september twentieth motion of the deadline to file a motion to september twentieth and what they what exactly they're going to address . and margo stephen i spoke not too long ago about the twenty first century disney deal and what it might mean it was a great and fun discussion steve but what margot does having this case the time
warner case not fully locked down i mean decided it can go forward but boy if you're a business in the media space does this send some sort of chilling impact or with regard to the twenty first century fox is that something that's already gone forward and they've dealt with it i think the people who are probably happiest yesterday were comcast executives perhaps that they are out of the deal for twenty first century fox and disney because it really looks like jay was mostly concerned about here was the combination of distribution service buying a content provider so i don't see this having an effect on the disney twenty first century fox merger but let's remember that disney twenty first century fox in that merger deal fox agreed to spin off its regional sports programming in order to fly under the radar of d.o.j. had they not done that i think they would have gotten more scrutiny from the
department of justice antitrust division in one thousand nine hundred time warner deal they weren't willing to to look at that and actually in judge leon's opinion he didn't make any any recommendation that there would have been any concessions in that way either so i think other mergers that disney twenty first century fox i think it's likely secure but other media companies especially distribution and content distribution services looking to buy content providers they have got to be seeing this as a caution definitely you know a caution flag as they you know because i think after june everybody thought anything was possible in terms of mergers and acquisitions and this is a signal that anything really isn't and that justice is going to take a really hard look at those those decisions and those mergers that are moving for. i'm interested in your take on that same question steve but also you know look d.o.j. whether or not they're right or wrong and i'm not an attorney i don't know but they say this could cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars if it goes through
and they claim that the judge didn't take all of this into account and so they're going through the appeals process what are your what your thoughts on this well look as you and i have previously discussed on this specific merger the landscape is so different this is not. some kind of monopoly in the making here that's going to dominate the airwaves and you know they talked about a trial the properties of time warner like c.n.n. specifically being must see must have that's bogus that's nonsense nothing is must see it must have eighteen t is that we're going to compete with the likes of netflix and amazon if you have amazon prime you get the content for free and google and you tube and every every i mean this content all over the place to think that this is going to stifle innovation and that they're going to be able to raise their prices and do whatever they want and yank their programming off of other distributors and raise their prices on theirs to put it on is just naive if nothing
is that important anymore so i don't think that could be further from the truth now as far as what the judge might have overlooked here they claim that he did not allow them to call the expert witnesses and also that they ignored that the judge ignored an eighteen t. f.c.c. filing with its subsidiary direct t.v. where they once expressed fears of a vertical merger of this kind and what it might mean going forward for for the industry but i don't think this appeal is going to hold water i really don't know all right and margot where do we see this going and what's the timing we talked about the september deadline for eighty and i assume then that there will be a recent response from the government after that how long is this going to take to play out and we're looking at months i think really and that's perhaps being conservative i don't see anything happening by the new year but this is going to be a months long process and however it is it is certain.